Boardgame and Geek Out

Judy & Robert: two geeks who love board games discuss them, recommend them, and sometimes get distracted from them (by other geeky things). Now available on iTunes! Read more at
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Jul 26, 2017

Episode 18, where we sail off into the black in search of fame, fortune & glory.  It's Xia: Legends of a Drift System (Cody Miller) and its 2017 expansion, Embers of a Forsaken Star (Cody Miller & Ira Fay)!  Published by Far Off Games, it promises a sandbox experience in space, given players the freedom to seek their fame through whatever means they wish: explore, trade, exterminate..  It's the closest we get to playing a Firefly game short of actually playing a Firefly game.  Does Xia keep the signal going, or does it get lost in the black?

Meanwhile, we engage in a variety of non-board game topics.  Robert's been creating his idyllic city in Cities: Skylines while learning about hydroelectric dam physics, Judy's been watching a time-travelling crime drama, Signal, and reading the Decameron (which is soft-of kind-of getting a movie), and Joe's creating a house run by Skynet, all thanks to Amazon Prime Day.  We look forward to our future roomba overlords.

   Thanks for listening!

  • 0:02:46 - Cities: Skylines
  • 0:12:55 - Amazon Prime Day & Joe's Skynet House
  • 0:15:31 - Star Realms: Frontiers
  • 0:20:12 - Signal
  • 0:24:01 - The Decameron
  • 0:28:04 - Xia: Legends of a Drift System - Rules
  • 0:40:20 - Xia: Legends of a Drift System - Theme & Components
  • 0:55:10 - Xia: Legends of a Drift System - Gameplay
  • 1:19:34 - Xia: Legends of a Drift System - Final Thoughts
  • 1:29:59 - Music with Board Games

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Our BAGO theme music is 'Buddy', by Bensound (;  and is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No-Derivatives 4.0 International.

Additional music used this episode:  Crypto, Impact Andante, Impact Lento and Impact Prelude by Kevin MacLeod, licensed under the Attribution 3.0 International License.